Last summer, one of our readers sent us a series of photos of what remains of the old Cheyenne Mountain Lodge, aka The Honeymoon Lodge (it’s not open the public and we certainly discourage anyone from trespassing ), one of Spencer Penrose’s many opulent projects along his beloved Cheyenne Mountain Highway. Here are those photos along with some historic photos we were able to unearth with the help of the Broadmoor and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum along with a video (below) from the Pikes Peak Library District. (There’s also a good story about Cheyenne Mountain and its history by Steven Saint HERE).

 

6 Responses to Then & Now: The Lodge on Cheyenne Mountain

  1. D. Story says:

    I recall going up Cheyenne Mountain a quite a few times, with my parents, to the Thunder Bird Lodge and Resturant on top of Cheyenne Mountain in the 50s.
    It was one of my folks favorite places to take visiting friends and relatives on their first visit to Colorado Springs.

  2. Rolan Cobb says:

    I worked at the KKTV transmitter site for several years on the North Peak of Cheyenne Mountain, just down the road from the Lodge. The road was terribly dangerous in snowy and icy weather, we had one of our employee’s go over the side of the mountain and was thrown clear of the truck and not seriously injured. The truck went on down for a thousand feet or more and was torn to shreds. It was a beautiful place in good weather and at times the city could not be seen for the clouds below our location. That was in the 1957 time frame. During thunderstorms it was a real nightmare with lightning doing lot’s of damage to our equipment. I understand the road is not even there any more, the Lodge is gone too. It’s very sad for me as it was a fabulous place to work, even though dangerous at times.

    • Noel Black says:

      Thanks, Rolan. Do you have any pictures from up there at that time?

    • Robert Rowe says:

      hey rolan, the road still exists but is closed off just past the shrine. a good hiker could make it up easily but you gotta be back by zoo closing time. ever heard of something called an ‘edwards shear’? there is a picture a hiker took of one you can see with the pictures option on google maps a ways off the next bend from the remains of the tower you talk about.

      • The Hiker says:

        Hi Guys, I was informed that the Edwards Shear was used for rail works, although I am not positive. The location of the shear is close to a stockpile of discarded rail and other items. There used to be a display train on a ramp at the lodge, whether it functioned, I am not sure.

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